Gallery: 13 Ways to Bake With Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting
Sweet Potato Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting
Instead of those puffed up mini-marshmallows, this Ode to a Casserole Cake is mounded with a spiced and spiked, pecan-flecked Italian meringue frosting that bronzes and crisps under the blaze of a hot flame. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria Del Mar Sacasa]

Gluten and Sugar-Free Sweet Potato, Pecan and Ginger Biscuits
Gluten and Sugar-Free Sweet Potato, Pecan and Ginger Biscuits
These biscuits are winning way to start your day. The warm flavors of sweet potato and pecan are nicely livened by the bite of ginger, and a mixture of almond and pecan flours keeps the texture hearty. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Leo Gong]

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
This recipe for sweet potato pie is designed to highlight the flavor of the sweet potatoes with modest amounts of brown sugar and spices. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Brown Butter and Sage Sweet Potato Casserole
Brown Butter and Sage Sweet Potato Casserole
This casserole is really more a dessert than a side, with its layer of sweet maple syrup potatoes and topping of brown butter sage marshmallows. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Bravetart]

Spiced Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Spiced Sweet Potato Doughnuts

If you've never made doughnuts before, these are your perfect starter. The dough comes together with remarkable ease and has few enough ingredients for even the most casual baker. As for the frying, all you need is a little organization and about $5 worth of oil. Temperature management isn't as critical for these doughnuts as it is for other fried food; they're quite forgiving. Dare we even call these healthy? The only sugar they need is in the glaze, and the dough itself is fat-free—even vegan.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato and Corn Waffles
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato and Corn Waffles
The breakfast staple gets refreshed with sweet potatoes and corn (and some mini marshmallows if you have a real sweet tooth.) Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

Candied Yam Rice Krispies Treats
Candied Yam Rice Krispies Treats
It's time to combine two marvelous marshmallow-based recipes to form one delicious treat: the Candied Yam Rice Krispies Treat. What's not to love about this seasonal mashup? Separately, both cereal treats and candied yam casseroles are delicious; both dishes rely on marshmallows for their sweet, signature taste.Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Cakespy]

Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Sweet Potato Cheesecake
This Sweet Potato Cheesecake, adapted from Sweet Auburn Desserts swaps out the traditional graham cracker crust for thin slices of Cream Cheese Pound Cake that line the bottom of the pan and act as the the base for an airy cheesecake spiked with nutmeg and vanilla. Using buttery pound cake as a crust is brilliant—while the cheesecake bakes, the pound cake slices crisp and get nice and toasty, making this a doubly wonderful dessert. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn]

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars
Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars
Sitting atop a crumb crust, these gluten-free bars contain equal parts cream cheese and sweet potato puree. The combination makes a smooth and velvety cheesecake with a pronounced, but not overpowering, sweet potato flavor. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

Maple and Sweet Potato Buns
Maple and Sweet Potato Buns
These buns are sweet from the potatoes, but not too sweet. They'd make great dinner rolls, particularly one involving ham. Or to make ham sandwiches from the leftovers. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Donna Currie]

Sweet Potato Tarte Tatin
Sweet Potato Tarte Tatin
This tart starts with delicately slivered sweet potatoes—just enough to provide flavor without becoming a starchy bulk—then pairs them with a thick, rich caramel sauce and buttery puff pastry, all of which is combined, baked upside down, then flipped post-baking for a sophisticated and (especially when topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream) supremely satisfying dessert. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Cakespy]

Sweet Potato Biscuits With Jalapeño Butter
Sweet Potato Biscuits With Jalapeño Butter
Alone, these lightly sweet biscuits make a great breakfast. And with a pat of spicy jalapeño butter, they become the perfect accompaniment to dinner. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Sweet Potato and Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
Sweet Potato and Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
This is a sweet potato dessert that won't get mistaken for pumpkin. We used almost a pound, lightly caramelizing it in butter first for good measure. We went light on the spices—just enough to enhance the potato's inherent spicy qualities without turning it into pie. But this isn't tame stuff—just ask the bourbon, a sweet potato's best friend. We added it after cooking the custard so its alcohol would remain in the ice cream, contributing to a fantastically creamy texture and a kick strong enough to remind those nosy relatives who's boss. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]